266 TALKS ON <( AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " then let him wait a life or two before he tries to make any progress. There is always that open to him. There are plenty of Rounds still ahead, and no one can ever fail; but, in your case, the fact that you are studying these things should show that the laws ought not to be too hard. Hard, yes; but the effort is very well worth the effort of making. But if after all you find you cannot do it, very well, the slower path is still there, it is always open. But if you want to make more rapid progress, you must try to keep these higher rules, even when they seem to conflict alto- gether with ordinary life and its methods. You cannot do the two things ; you cannot have the easy life, and yet make rapid progress, but you can do either one or the other; and remember there is noJ)lame attach- ed to the man who simply does not feel that as yet he is equal to the strain. If you are not willing to make the exertion, take the lower path ; but if you insist, as indeed I hope you will, on taking the higher path, then it does mean that you must adapt yourself to the rules of the higher life and the higher worlds, because they will not adapt themselves to you.